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Old 03-10-2017, 12:39   #3841
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Did FIGC change the logo? Bonucci tweeted this image:



Looks far better.


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Old 03-10-2017, 22:54   #3842
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Italy’s Simone Verdi ‘can only improve,’ according to Bologna sporting director Riccardo Bigon.

The 25-year-old, who signed for the Rossoblu last year from Milan, is back in the Azzurri squad after doing enough to impress national boss Giampiero Ventura.

And speaking about the attacking midfielder’s call up for the matches against Macedonia and Albania, Bigon said the player deserves his recognition.

“For us it means a lot, but also for him,” the official began.

“He deserved this call up, there was some scepticism about him last year but we know about his great talent.

“He has shown his quality. Last year he had an injury and that was an obstacle for his development.

“He has come back well and is a boy who wants to get to the top.

“This year, with his feet on the ground and with his head in the right place, he can only improve.”


We should get him as RW if Suso leaves.
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Old 06-10-2017, 20:09   #3843
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w8 what ? verdi ?
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Old 11-10-2017, 13:15   #3844
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Italy in Nations League top tier

Wrong thread obviously, but wtf is Nations League?
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Old 11-10-2017, 13:38   #3845
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Wrong thread obviously, but wtf is Nations League?
something to replace International friendlies


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Old 11-10-2017, 14:18   #3846
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Wrong thread obviously, but wtf is Nations League?


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Old 11-11-2017, 01:58   #3847
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Old 11-11-2017, 12:01   #3848
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Ventura: 'Result changes nothing'
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Giampiero Ventura maintains Italy’s 1-0 defeat to Sweden “changes nothing” in the World Cup play-off and defended Marco Verratti.

Jakob Johansson scored the only goal of the game in Solna with a shot deflected past Gigi Buffon by Daniele De Rossi, so need to win at San Siro on Monday and avoid conceding an away goal to reach the World Cup.

“Today we could’ve done more and done it better, but there was a lot at stake over the 180 minutes,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“We wanted to control certain situations, and when we did that, we entered into the penalty area fairly easily. When we didn’t do it, due also to the physicality of the Swedish side… it was a little chaotic, but Buffon didn’t make a save.

“The result is irritating, because it could’ve been different. Andrea Belotti’s header was wide from six yards, Matteo Darmian hit the post… We have 90 minutes to turn it around and we’ll see where we are at the end.

“The speed of the passing can be improved, but when you score a goal, the spaces open up. We knew that Sweden had the upper hand over us physically and we did suffer a little, as they knocked it down and would cause chaos.”

Some changes are forced for the second leg in Milan on Monday, because Marco Verratti is suspended.

“We will change some things, but the system needs to be put aside, what counts now is the desire and determination to turn the result around. I hope we’ll achieve that with help from the crowd and more fair play from the opposition.”

Lorenzo Insigne revealed he was asked to replace Marco Verratti in midfield for the final 15 minutes. Not only was the Paris Saint-Germain star disappointing on the night, he was also booked and will miss the second leg.

“Verratti is coming in from a team that plays in a certain way with other players. In 48 hours he has to radically change the way he takes to the field. I don’t judge and I don’t feel he should be criticised today, but clearly we can all improve.

“In the locker room I saw the players were angry. They know we could’ve had a different result and they want to achieve it. That starts from Buffon, who has a ferocious hunger. We were surprised by Sweden’s physicality, but we know what we’re going in to now.

“The result changes nothing. We had some ‘certainties’ and this game confirmed if you do them well, they pay off. It also confirmed there are some areas where we need to improve.

“We’ve barely had a chance to train, but we need to watch this game back and realise all the things we should’ve done better.

“I am not surprised by the way Sweden interpreted the game, as I knew they would do this. In defensive terms, we allowed practically nothing, because I don’t remember a Buffon save. We could’ve done better in some moments, but what we didn’t do today, we trust will be done on Monday.

“Sweden always play the same way, but we moved too slowly to take advantage and the spaces closed up. There are a thousand chances to turn this around.

“Pressure is perennial in Italy, that’s just how the game works. It’s not the media’s fault if we didn’t get a result.”

Ventura complained in his immediate post-match interview that referee Cuneyt Cakir was too lenient on the Swedish roughhousing.

“Overall it was ok, but it allowed Sweden to move the game away from the technical to the physical. If a player has a probable fractured nose, then evidently he didn’t do that by himself.”


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Old 15-11-2017, 18:54   #3849
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Official: Ventura sacked by Italy
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The FIGC has officially confirmed that Giampiero Ventura has been sacked as Italy CT.

The Coach became the first man to fail to take the Azzurri to the World Cup, as the last time that happened was 1958, when the team was picked by a selection committee.

While the former Torino boss refused to resign in the immediate aftermath, but a meeting of the FIGC and the various leagues was held in Rome today, and the CT has now officially been dismissed.

"As the first point of order of the day, [FIGC President Carlo] Tavecchio communicated the choice on the guidance of the Azzurri and, as of today, Giampiero Ventura is no longer the Commissario Tecnico of the national team,” a Press release confirmed.


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Old 15-11-2017, 19:56   #3850
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What a terrible way to go
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Old 15-11-2017, 20:23   #3851
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I don't know what they were thinking of when hiring him in the 1st place.


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Old 16-11-2017, 00:02   #3852
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which team is better than Italy:

- Argentina: No. Multiple attacking options but a shaky defense and midfield especially without Messi.

- Brazil: They are a joke right now plus this is a team where only 1 player can standout.

- Spain: Yes with DeGea starting. No with Casillas starting.

- Germany: Yes but they are struggling right now.

- France: Lots of talent but they cannot put it together so far. In par with Italy.
Add Peru, Wales, and Poland to that list

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Old 16-11-2017, 14:50   #3853
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The FIGC had reportedly booked a hotel in Russia for the World Cup, which could now be taken by Denmark after Italy failed to qualify.


 
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Old 16-11-2017, 15:32   #3854
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The FIGC had reportedly booked a hotel in Russia for the World Cup, which could now be taken by Denmark after Italy failed to qualify.


 
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Old 16-11-2017, 15:39   #3855
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As a true milanista, it will be difficult rooting against Italy if maldini takes charge as the new FIGC head...


 
 
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Old 16-11-2017, 16:32   #3856
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Reform needed in Italian football off the top of my head:
1- big clubs need reserve sides to bridge the gigantic gap between primavera and first team
2- the big clubs that actually play Italian players need to qualify for CL on a regular basis (milan and juventus) and I guess inter to a lesser extent just because they aren’t a provincial team like Roma or Napoli
3- not familiar with grassroots coaching or scouting in comparison to Germany for example, but I suspect this can be improved.
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Old 16-11-2017, 20:15   #3857
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As a true milanista, it will be difficult rooting against Italy if maldini takes charge as the new FIGC head...


 
 
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Fooook Italy

So you are a Milan fan, I always wondered.


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Old 16-11-2017, 21:16   #3858
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Fooook Italy

As long as they do not get another 3-5-2 junkie-coach, I think they will be ok.


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Old 16-11-2017, 21:19   #3859
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Reform needed in Italian football off the top of my head:
1- big clubs need reserve sides to bridge the gigantic gap between primavera and first team
2- the big clubs that actually play Italian players need to qualify for CL on a regular basis (milan and juventus) and I guess inter to a lesser extent just because they aren’t a provincial team like Roma or Napoli
3- not familiar with grassroots coaching or scouting in comparison to Germany for example, but I suspect this can be improved.
Like I said years ago when you have a team in serie B team full of 38-42 years old player and starting, you know that something is fucked up. Unfortunately Italian coaches value experience over youth.


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Old 16-11-2017, 21:45   #3860
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So Ventura wanted to sub in De Rossi?

Liked his reaction tho


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